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Introducing our Executive Leadership Team of CentrePort Wellington


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Derek Nind (Chief Executive)
BCom, MCom
Kieran Sweetman (General Manager, Capital)
BCom, CA
Mark Thompson (General Manager Logistics)

Derek Nind is the Chief Executive, responsible for all group activity including port and property interests.

Derek joined CentrePort in August 2012, as General Manager Commercial and assumed the role of Chief Executive in December 2015.

He has extensive port knowledge having previously been Commercial Manager at Port Lyttelton and Southport.

He also has significant international trade experience with exporting roles at major New Zealand food processors.

Derek joined the port in August 2012 from infrastructure specialist Delta where he was General Manager Market and Strategy and Development.

He is Chair of CentrePort's joint venture company Direct Connect Container Services and is a Director of Wellington Port Coldstores.

Derek holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago.

Kieran Sweetman is the General Manager Capital, responsible for managing CentrePort's insurance claims.

Kieran joined CentrePort in March 2013 after a career spanning a cross section of industries and sectors including a partner in Ernst & Young; Finance Director of MWH Asia-Pacific; and CFO roles at Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation and AMI Insurance .

Kieran is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Commerce degree from Auckland University.


Mark Thompson is the General Manager Logistics. Mark is responsible for the strategic and long range goals across Container Services and Break Bulk. He joined CentrePort in June 2019 and brings 30 years' experience in executive leadership roles with national and international corporates in the areas of logistics, transport and supply chain solutions.

Mark joins CentrePort from KiwiRail where he has been General Manager Interislander for the past four years. He has held senior executive roles with Freightways, New Zealand Post Group and Couriers Please among others.

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Anthony Delaney (General Manager Infrastructure and Environment)
BEng (Civil), BCom (Mgmt)
Andrew Steele (General Manager Ferries and Bulk)
Murray Julian (General Manager People, Safety and Culture)

Anthony Delaney is the General Manager Infrastructure and Environment.

He is responsible for the asset management and delivery of projects related to port infrastructure, along with all CentrePort environmental and planning activities.

Anthony joined CentrePort in November 2016, following the Kaikorua Earthquake, and is leading the Port’s infrastructure immediate response and recovery efforts.

Anthony has acted as a Project Director on major infrastructure projects in both Australia and New Zealand. He brings a broad cross section of experience, including previous experience as a client, contractor and consultant.

Anthony is experienced in the planning and delivery of projects, and the asset management of large scale infrastructure businesses.

He has a civil engineering degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce, from the University of Wollongong.

Andrew Steele is the General Manager Ferries and Bulk.

He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of services to the ferry companies and oil companies across the Port.

Andrew joined CentrePort in April 2016 as Commercial Manager and became the General Manager Ferries and Bulk in January 2017.

Andrew has had a career spanning a number of industries and sectors in New Zealand and overseas. This has included the professional services, banking sector, professional sports administration and major international sporting events.

Prior to joining CentrePort Andrew was involved in the planning and delivery of Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015.

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters of Management degree from Waikato University.

Murray Julian is the General Manager People, Safety and Culture.

He has over twenty years’ experience in safety, people and capability and operational management. He was previously a GM at a NZ owned export manufacturing company with factories and sites in both New Zealand and overseas.

Murray is responsible for Health and Safety, People & Capability, along with Business Improvement.

Prior to this appointment, Murray was CentrePort’s Business Improvement Manager. He has been with CentrePort since 2011.

Murray has a Bachelor of Business Studies in commerce, majoring in human resource management.


Chris Gregory (Chief Financial Officer)
CA, BCA Hons
Michael Stewart (General Manager Container Services)
Andrew Locke (General Manager Commercial)

Chris Gregory is the CentrePort Chief Financial Officer. He joined CentrePort in July 2018 from managing the Commercial Operations group at Treasury. Prior to joining the Treasury, Chris had a 20-year career with PwC including eight years in their London office.

Michael Stewart is the General Manager Container Services. He is responsible for leading the growth, development and delivery of all services in the Container business. Prior to his appointment to this role in October 2018, Michael was Container Services Operations Director.

Michael has a strong commercial background with a focus on supply chain logistics with roles as New Zealand Post and Transend Worldwide Ltd.

Andrew Locke took up the newly created leadership team role of General Manager Commercial in July 2019. He originally joined CentrePort in October 2018 as Manager Commercial.

The General Manager Commercial grows and develops CentrePort's business promoting services to existing and prospective customers and identifying business prospects and opportunities. A key focus of the role is building and strengthening commercial relationships with CentrePort's customers to grow loyalty and satisfaction.

Andrew is also acting General Manager Break Bulk. He is responsible for the Break Bulk Services that provide safe, effective and efficient service delivery to CentrePort's clients. This business unit manages all activities related to break bulk including logs, vehicles, stock food, scrap, project cargo, Cruise, Security and Marine Services.

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